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they're going to want to cash in as quickly as they can, right, because their moment is now and congratulations to all of them. bill: great olympics, a lot of fun. martha: yeah, "happening now" starts right now, see you tomorrow, same place. jon: good morning to you, it's monday, and it's march, i'm jon scott. jane: i'm jane skinner, "happening now", more pictures of the aftermath of the earthquake in chile, it's considered 500 times more powerful than -- than the one that devastated haiti. survivors are still trapped in the rubble. jon: in the middle box, new developments in the battle for health care reform, an issue that affects every single american. there's word today the white house will push to change your health care system through a process called reconciliation. senate democrats would need only a simple majority, 51
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votes. would they, and what are the political risks? we have reaction from both sides of the aisle. jane: on the bottom, a confession from beyond the grave, the bomber behind the devastating attacks on a cia base in afghanistan is now telling how he supposedly lured agents into that trap. take a look at our newsroom where news is breaking, things are developing across the country and around the world. as soon as we get details, you know we bring it straight to you. jon: the nation of chile is now asking the rest of the world for help. two days after that massive quake killed more than 700 people there, making an urgent appeal to the u.n. for generators, field hospitals, and water filtration equipment. this as military troops take control in devastated provinces in the center of the country. soldiers there firing tear gas as looters pillage whatever they can from stores in the hardest hit areas. the damage, not only in the quake zone. coastal towns also reeling from a tsunami sparked by the quake. entire houses lifted off the ground, and pushed inland.
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and new video just coming into fox, purportedly of the moment that 8.8 magnitude quake struck early saturday morning. journalist jen ross on the phone now from santiago. i know, jen, there have been many, many aftershocks, some of them sizeable. if must still be a terrifying place to be. >> it is. because some of the aftershocks have caused more damage to buildings that didn't seem to have been as badly hit with the very inquires quake, and of course structures are now unstable and it's increasing fear in the population and with good reason. new destruction can happen as a result of the continuous movement. jon where were you when the -- jon: where were you when the big one hit and what was your reaction, what did it feel like? >> i was in bed asleep, 3:30 in the morning, and all of the sudden the room started -- started to shake,
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the bed started to shake, sort of like turbulence at first. it took a little while to register. i ran to my daughter's room as soon as we realized this was a strong one. and i grabbed her to keep her away from the windows, and stood in the door frame with my husband as things started falling off of the walls, the paintings started falling off of the walls, all the shelves, everything was breaking, we could hear glass breaking around us, and the walls and the floor were shaking, and it was complete darkness because it was the middle of the night and there was no electricity, and it was pretty terrifying. jon: what is the mood of the people there where you are? i mean, we see these images of looters going through stores. it sounds like it's a very desperate situation, and we're only a couple of days into this crisis. >> it is. and it's extremely sad. in concepcion, it's not only doors but overnight, some people were taking up arms
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and actually going into house us and looting houses where, you know, people hardly have anything left, and so communities were trying to band together to protect themselves. it's a terrifying situation down further south, but even in santiago in the capitol, we've had cases of supermarkets being looted, and there's really no reason for that here at the moment because there is a level of normalcy that's been restored in the capitol. but people start to panic. they think that food is going to run out and it sort of sparks this pack mentality, and that's one of the problems that we're facing right now. jon: must be very frightening. jen ross is a journalist, joining us on the phone from santiago, chile, thank you. you can get up to the minute information on the earthquake by logging on to, right there on the home page, you'll see the link in red, click on that, breaking news, dramatic video and pictures from the quake zone. you can also click on the how to help tab to find easy
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ways to donate to reputable organizations that will help. it's there on jane: we want to get to your health care now, will the white house be seeking a simple majority vote on nine democrats -- on the democrats' reform bill without republican support? that would mean using a parliament tear procedure known as budget reconciliation, you've probably heard of it by now, it would allow senate democrats to pass the measure with just 51 votes instead of the 60 they usually need to overcome a republican filibuster. major garrett has the latest, he's at the white house. i guess it seems they're moving in this direction. any confirmation? >> well, it's obvious from what you hear from the white house, a couple of things. all we're looking for is majority vote, we're going to air votes on that in a second and the process has been used before, but remember this, jane, if in fact democrats in this white house believe that reconciliation was such a simple, ordinary procedure they would have used it when they had 60 votes.
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when they had 60 democratic votes they believe they should have passed health care under regular order using all the form procedures in the -- normal procedures in the senate, now they don't, they're switching this to the seldom-used budgetary and parliamen area procedure -- par parliamentary procedure to push it through not with just democratic votes but with the opposition. >> the health care reform has already passed health care in the house and senate, and we're not talking about changing roles here, all the president is talking about do we need to address this problem and does it make sense to have a simple up or down vote on whether or not we want to fix these problems. >> reporter: a simple up or down vote. that means, jane, of course it would be 51 democrats, maybe just 50, and vice president joe biden could pass the vote as the chair of the senate. that would means republicans voting against it. in the era of bipartisanship
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, it would be against, not for health care. jane: can republicans stop it if they want to? >> >> reporter: there are a number of issues that arise wherever you use this seldom-used procedural tactic known as reconciliation. lots of amendments and other brings can be brought to bear to force democrats to cast a lot of votes but in the end, it's going to be very difficult if the bill makes it to the senate. now, why did i say if the bill makes it to the senate? because many believe first the house has to pass the existing senate bill. can they do it? one republican in the senate doesn't think so. >> i doubt seriously that there will be enough house members, house democrats, who will risk their careers to vote for this legislation the second time around. >> remember this, health care passed in the house, jane, with five votes. democrats have already lost three seats and the republican who did vote has said he wouldn't vote a second time, so they're on the razor's edge, and it's important, there's no bill yet. there's a house bill and
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senate bill and a presidential proposal, so there's no real legislation, so we're a long time from this taking legislative meaning or having people decide what they're going to goat for or against. jane: major is on it, thanks, major. jon: if democrats do decide to push health care through with a simple majority vote, one man could have a huge impact on the process and he's not even an elected member of congress. more on this potential new player in the health care debate, let's go to james rosen in washington. who are we talking about? >> reporter: this individual is so obscure his title is almost unpronounceable but he is the man at the center of the mal strom. we speak of 63-year-old allan fruman serving a second tour duty as a parliamentarian of the united states senate and although there are different interpretations, and imagine, different interpretations an capitol hill, it is the senate
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parliamentarian which decides which aspects of the health care bill the democrats would seek to pass. fruman's moment in the sun comes because president obama and the democrats, even after last thursday's 7-hour summit at the white house cannot muster, as major was saying, the 60 votes necessary to kill off a potential filibuster. to circumvent that option the democrats are pondering the use of reconciliation, a kind of legislative 2-step typically only used with budget bills, and under current rules it is the parliamentarian who takes out the scalpel if there are provisions that affect policy first and the budget only incidentally. on fox news sunday this past weekend, host chris wallace pursued with the senate's number two republican why the parliamentarian, the gop might not be estimate he'd with reconciliation. >> you could offer hundreds and hundreds of amendments,
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eve of which would require quorum calls, votes, you could tie the senate up in knots if you want to. >> sure, but nobody wants to do that and there is no debate on the amendments. that's the point. you could offer 200 amendments and nobody would ever have any debate on any of them. that is not a procedure designed to reach a good conclusion. >> reporter: earlier this morning, the former senate parliamentarian told msnbc that the president of the senate, that would be vice president joe biden these days, is not bound to take the parliamentarian's advice, though anyone who tells you they know exactly how reconciliation would go is probably more a contrarian than a parliamentarian. jon: you have several hundred shoes left to drop in this battle. >> like amelda marcos. jon: thanks james. jane: it's the deadliest attack on cia personnel in more than a quarter century, this guy accused of blowing also and nine others up in afghanistan. he has a videotape and he
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supposedly describes the way he scammed himself into this facility in afghanistan. also dawn brancheau turned her love of animals into a career, the sea world trainer dragged under water by a killer while, she's going to be laid to rest in a short time in chicago. we'll have more.
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jon: take a look at what's happening now, in the top, veteran sea world trainer, killed by one of the park's orcas is laid to rest an hour from now, dawn brancheau died of traumatic injuries and drowning when the orca pulled her under water in front of 20 spectators. trouble at one of the nation's busiest airports, the main run way at jfk, shut down for repair for the next four-months. it is expected to cause delays and those will have ripple effects across the u.s. airlines are cutting flights now and that could translate
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into higher ticket prices as well. in the bottom box, new developments in the case of missing san diego honors student chelie king -- chelsea king, a registered sex offenders is a suspect in the disperrance. -- disappearance. a look at the investigation coming up. jane: new videotape has surfaced of the bomber who attacked the cia base in afghanistan. in this video, allegedly recorded before his death, he claims that he fed american and jordanian intelligence agents misleading informs to gain their trust and ultimately used that trust to get inside the operating base known as chap noneastern afghanistan and once inside he detonated his explosives. nine people were killed, including the four people you see here, all employees of the cia. i think we have that picture we can put up. steve centanni is in our bureau in d.c. if you believe this tape, what do we know about the plot and about this guy? >> reporter: well, bawali
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is a jordanian physician working an jihadi websites and in jordan, intelligence officials tried to recruit him to work for them. on this tape balawi calls the opportunity a dream come true and mornings jordanian and u.s. intelligence officials for what he calls their stupidity in seeking to enlist him. he appears in the 44 minute tape holding a rifle and what he says is a block of explosives, a tape apparently made just before the mission. the suicide mission in december. on it, balawi also points to what appears to be a wrist watch and says it's actually a detonator, so that's just a little bit about this latest tape to come out from balawi. jane: how did he supposedly get in the position to carry out the attack and detonate his explosives? >> he was apparently showing intelligence officials videos of him with al-qaeda figures and also gave a variety of so-called tips about al-qaeda locations, all designed to gain the trust of his handlers. most of the tips were actually false, but a few of them were accurate.
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his initial plan was to kill his jordanian handler but when he got the chance to visit a cia camp in eastern afghanistan, forward operating base chapman, he changed his strategy and planned that suicide bombing instead and that's where the attack was carried out, of course, last december, killing seven cia agents and that jordanian intelligence official, jane. jane: one last question, what is the cia saying about this tape, is it authent snick. >> they're having no direct comment on the video, whether the authentic or not but one u.s. counterterrorism official did react in general by saying the fact balawi was a murderer and terrorist is already well-known, as is the fact that he did not stop, not even for an instant, precise and effective operations against al-qaeda, the taliban, and their violent allies. there's been no public statement on the authenticity of the video, jane. jane: steve centanni in d.c. for us, thanks. jon: in the battle over health care reform, you've heard it called reconciliation, a procedural
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tactic that allows the passing of legislation with a simple majority vote. so now we're hearing it by another name. white house calling for an up or down vote. so will this language help sell health care reform to the american people? and what are the political pitfalls? karl rove is here with his take. we'll get that in a second. also armed robbers hitting a jewelry store, but they leave behind a big clue, a four-year-old boy. new information on this bizarre case in three minutes.
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jon: the white house is signaling its support for pushing through health care reform without republican support. the administration seems to be calling for a simple up
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or down vote, also known as reconciliation. the option would let senate democrats pass a measure with a simple majority vote. it would prevent the gop from blocking the bill with a filibuster. with hid-term elections looming a lot of democrats are nervous about making any moves that could upset voters, house speaker nancy pelosi says democrats will have to be brave, even if they fear their jobs could be on the glien they know this will take courage, took courage to pass social security, it took courage to pass medicare, and many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill. but if the american people need it, why are we here, we're not just here to self perpetuate our service in congress, we're here to do the job for the american people. jon: joining us now, fox news contributor karl rove, he served as senior adviser and departmentsy chief of staff for president george w. bush, you heard nancy
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pelosi there saying it will take courage, karl, how much courage is there among senate democrats to pass this bill? >> well, easy for her to say that coming from a district where john mccain got 15 percent of the vote, but there are 83 members of the house of representatives whose districts are red enough they were carried either by george george w. bush or john mccain, 48 were carried by both bush and mccain, so look, before we even get to the senate and its 51 vote, we're going to be in the house, where nancy pelosi is going to need to get 217 votes and that's because you cannot pass, i don't think, you can pass a reconciliation measure that reconciles an unpassed, unsigned bill. you have to have a senate version of the health care bill pass by the house and signed by the president before the senate can take up a reconciliation measure and try and pass something by 51 votes. jon: and --
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>> the first jon: go ahead. >> the first thing nancy pelosi has to do is find 217 votes to pass the stinky senate bill that was passed on christmas eve that's got the louisiana purchase, the cornhusker kickback, all the provisions and something the two things the house doesn't like, a tax on cadillac insurance plans and very leak language on abortion. remember the house has a number of prolife democrats who said we're not voting for health care unless it has strong prolive language, that's not present in the senate bill. the first thing nancy bell beloo pelosi has to do is get a bill through with 217 votes that is going to be very difficult to pass. jon: less than a week ago on february 23rd and 24th, fox news opinion dynamics took a poll and asked americans if the president can't work a compromise at the health care summit of last thursday, should he start over or try to pass the current bill.
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59 percent said start over. that sounds like a pretty resounding argument against this up or down vote, rec sill airks whatever you want to call it. >> absolutely. look, let's be clear about this, the democrats will be forced to use this parliamentary maneuver to pass a bill they cannot get passed in the house of representatives, with a two # 55-178 margin, or that they can't go back and fix in the senate with a 59-41 managein. i mean, this is how bad it is, because enough democrats say this is poison for me in my district, this is not good health care for my political future or as a country, as a matter of fact. so i'm not voting for it. jon: similar results from usa today, fox news had the same kind of result, but usa today had a poll, should the senate use essentially this up or down vote, reconciliation to avoid a gop filibuster. 28 percent said yeah, 27 percent said they oppose, and 25 percent say strongly oppose. you've got right there
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52 percent of the country saying don't do it. if that's the mood of the country, karl, why is nancy pelosi so invested in apparently taking this course? >> because if this bill passes it will be a permanent expansion of the government, the government will in essence take control of 1/6 of the american economy and in some peoples' minds from the left of american politics, this permanent expansion of government, with all the spending and taxes that will come with it, is a worthy goal. but again, this thing starts, we're focused here on the reconciliation process, which is the senate, but the senate in my opinion cannot move to reconciliation unless there's a law that it can reconcile, and that requires to have that law, it requires a house to pass a senate bill before we can ever get to that. jon: real quickly, if it's so unpopular with iffy members, how would she have the leverage, nancy pelosi? >> she's very tough, for senior members, she can say
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i'm going to take away your subcommittee chairmanship, for freshman members, she can say your career in the house is going to be ugly, you will be denied the kind of opportunities to pass legislation, earmarks, get spend fog your district or committee assignments you like unless -- look, i've been in members with senior members of the democratic lead thank you and then newly elected speaker nancy pell -- pelosi in the office of the white house awbd would have thought in the presence of senior democratic leaders, you would have thought sister mary katharine was there with a big ruler getting ready to whack their hands. these men were so deferential and fearful of her, it was pap pabl in the room. she was a tough operator. she's behind the eight ball and behind the eight ball a lot but i wouldn't rule her out just yet. jon: karl rove, good to talk to you. >> we have new information to get to you out of a case in philadelphia, a four-year-old boy is what a couple left behind after they allegedly robbed a jewelry store. there's a picture of the little boy. harris, what in the world? >> i just got off the phone
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with the police department in philadelphia and they told me they have made not just one but two arrests, they just picked up the woman they were after a short time ago. they're giving a news conference now. ahead of that information coming out, i can tell you here on fox news channel they have identified the boy as belonging to those attempted robbers. those were his parents. get this, the store owner is robbed, and he's robbed in such a way that his throat is slashed as he runs after the assailant, but he keeps going, because they leave behind this four-year-old child, and he figures it's his job to at least protect that very precious cargo. by the way, they grabbed items valued more than $100,000, but they left the little boy. that store owner today said to be okay. he will survive. he and his employee both. the child is in good stead, the mom and dad, arrested, charges pending. back to you. jane: harris, thanks. jon: chile, hit by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded.
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now, experts are calling the quake a megathrust. what that means and what a megathrust can do. we'll get into the geo physics of all of that, straight ahead. >> i'm michelle, 43 ears old.
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jon: it's the bottom of the hour, here's what's happening now. brand new information on the day's big stories. four nato service members, killed in separate attacks across afghanistan. while nine afghan civilians died in four bombings in the south. mike emanuel, live at the
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pentagon. >> reporter: jon, the marine say these are tough fights because you're fighting in populated areas dealing with a sneaky enemy. in an interview with a lieutenant colonel from the marine corps serveing in afghanistan he tells me the operation in marjah, is shifting from the clear phase to the hold phase but he says he's confident the taliban are watching and looking for opportunities to strike. we'll have more from my interview coming up in the next hour, jon. jon: when the government takes a person's property under an eminent domain procedure, they have to pay the owner for it, but who determines how much that should be? shannon bream, live in alex andrea, virginia. >> reporter: jon, this empty lot has been the center of a legal battle for years, the guy who owned it for more than four decades said i had a deal on the table for $48 million, then the government showed up, said they were taking it by eminent domain, got an appraisal and got half that. this is a battle that's drawn out everywhere across the country every single day as they decide how much the government has to pay you.
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this battle isn't over, the land owner says he'll face it to the end, he's taking the government to court in may. jon: violent clashes over disputed holy sites in the middle east, mike tobin, live in jerusalem. >> reporter: exchange of tear gas and bullets at the spot jews know as the temple mount in the old city and that was preceded by clashes in the west bank after israel assumed control of a couple of key holy sites there. usually you have palestinians doing the rock throwing, but today a group of jewish settlers helped palestinians near the tom of abra -- tomb of abraham with stones. jon: that's your news whip. jane: the earthquake that's hit central chil see one of the strongest ever reported, five times stronger than the quake that hit haiti in january, experts saying this one, 8.8, is a megathrust, the most powerful quake there is, alicia acuna is at
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the earthquake center in golden, colorado. explain what's going on as they trach a look at this. >> reporter: here at the earthquake center, they're tracking earthquakes all over the world, as well as the number of aftershocks in the chile region. i'm here with paul earl, a seismologist with the earthquake center here in golden, and we're talking about megathrusts, and you actually have a real-time image here that you can show us to kind of explain to us what that is, a megathrust. >> certainly. a megathrust, they occur on the borders of plates and what we have in this situation is we have the nascaplating,, sub deducting -- subducting beneath the american plate. this boundary, this area like this creates the largest earthquakes in the world and like we've seen recently with this magnitude 8.8, this earthquake is the sixth largest or fifth largest on record, and these regions are where you get these massive quakes. >> we're hearing it's 500
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times stronger than the earthquake that occurred in haiti. what does that mean? it's hard to get my head around that one. >> well, when you say stronger, this is in terms of energy. there are various ways to measure an earthquake but about 500 times as much energy was produced by this earthquake than the haiti earthquake. that's for a couple of reasons: one is that it defect add mucho it affected a much larger area, two, it lasted longer and three, the ground was actually displaced a further distance. for the chile earthquake, the displacement was about 10 meters. >> and this one was, the chile earthquake, was far below the surface in comparison to what happened in haiti? >> yes. it was under the land, but if you look here, what we have is we have a fault that dips beneath south america, so it actually started rupturing beneath south america, and went up to the surface. as you get up close to the surface, the shaking becomes more severe. but fortunately, that was further out at sea, so right
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under the populated area, the fault was deeper. >> okay, thank you very much dr. paul earl. so folks know, we're going to go to the map one more time, all the different boxes you see here, these are aftershocks, jane. these have 120 aftershocks in this region that are a magnitude 5. o or greater since the original quake. back to you. jane: alicia, thank you. we also have amateur video to show you, the scene of one building right after the initial 8.8 mit. -- hit. the death toll is said to be over 700, it could go higher. on the phone is ail knight, 18 years old from connecticut, a student in santiago, she was there when the quake hit, is still there, she sent us incredible photographs she's been taking over the last couple of days. we're going to be showing you as we speak to her. ali, tell me what it was like. we're watching this amateur video. where were you and what did it feel like? >> i was in my apartment building and sleeping, and i
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was woken up to an abrupt shaking, and it was really surprising and shocking because i wasn't sure really what was going on, so i woke up and i was sitting in my bed, and then i heard screams and i heard things crashing to the floor, such as vases, paintings, cups and plates, and then two seconds later, i heard earthquake, earthquake, come here now, so you're standing under the door post for about two minutes, and -- >> jane: and you say it was the scariest two minutes of your life. >> it of the scariest two minutes of my life. jane: you're living with a host family there, you've known them for a couple of months but certainly not like being with your own family in a crisis. >> definitely not. i moved in with this most family, i've been with them for about a month and a half, and it was an interesting experience, because everyone was trying to comfort each other, and even though i didn't have
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any family from the u.s., they were, they kind of were my surrogate family at that point. but eventually, i did talk to my family and they comforted me, also. jane: do they want you to come home? >> no. well, i never talked about that with them. they were pretty scared and everything like that, but yeah, they were really worried, and when i sent them a text message saying there was an earthquake, they sent a message back an hour later saying respond now, are you okay, and thidges like that, so -- and things like that, so 24er7 pretty worried. -- so they were pretty worried. jane you said you were out for about three hours touring. if you could describe in one sentence for everybody what it was like, what you saw. >> it was horrific and incredible at the same time. there were some areas that weren't as affected but as you can see, some parts of downtown santiago somehow
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just had no walls, and then some areas, people, the outsides of buildings looked perfectly fine. so it was a mix. jane well, ali, thank you for sharing your photographs and your story with us. i'm about as worried probably as some of your family members are, when i was reading about you being 18 there, but you sound very brave and like you've got it ought under control. keep us updated if you will. >> thank you. jane: thanks so much. jon? jon: it was angry weekend for mother nature, a deadly storm sweeps across europe, flooding ports, destroying homes, leaving millions of people without electricity. a massive effort to rescue four men from a rain-swollen river in california. now they're facing questions, though, what were they doing in the river at 4:00 in the morning?
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jon: "hawing now" in the -- happening now" in the top box, toyota's president issues another apology over
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safety problems, this time the chinese customers, even though the recall had a limited impact on the chinese market. middle box, the supreme court dismisses an appeal from the chinese muslims detained at guan noon because the wiegers have been offered another place to live, the court allowed the obama administration to avoid a high court argument over whether a judge can order detainees released into the united states. in the bottom box, construction spending dropped last month as a rebound in housing was not enough to offset widespread weakness in commercial areas like hotels and office buildings. jane: there has been extreme weather in western europe, dozens of people are now dead, they've gotten powerful wizards, torrential rain, high tides leaving homes under water, thousands of rescuers in france are going house to house, searching for people who may have been stranded, the storm hits parts of germany, belgium, portugal, spain. you see trees uprooted, train lines disrupted, hundreds of flights have been canceled as well.
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jon: heavy rains sweeping across southern california, lead to go a dramatic river rescue in san diego, firefighters and border patrol agents teaming up to rescue them out of the river. all four are going to be all right, they are now in the custody of the border patrol who is questioning them about why they were in the river at 4:00 in the morning. jane: there is some wet, windy weather moving across the south today. janice is watching it from the weather center. >> aren't you glad march is here finally? we can say goodbye to february? >> no, i like the snow! >> that's true, jane is from chicago, she likes the snow, she is one of the few people around the building. >> one of the weirdoes. okay. >> giving me the evil eye. we still have weather to get through. march can ab lion. we're going to watch for the potential of this storm to get its act together and bring snow and waitry mix, even the potential for severe weather across southern florida tomorrow. we'll watch that. but the low pressure system is bringing you moisture
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from the gull of -- gulf of mexico, some snow is coating the central plains, towards parts of the panhandle of texas and oklahoma, then you've got that heavy rain through louisiana now. 1-3 inches, not out of the question. we have the heaviest of rains through the great state of louisiana, then across the mississippi river, and we'll watch that develop across the southeast. remember the storm that we saw in the northeast last week? can you believe it's still with us? just off the coast, bringing still some rain and a wintery mix, maybe snow in the higher elevations of new england. so amazing. this is a very strong system that's been with us really for the last several days. future cast, further out in time, what does this storm do? it moves across the southeast, we could see snow on the northern fringes and it develops offshore just off the coast. we'll have to watch for that, and still very active across the west. so keeping an eye on those storm systems. precipitation, anywhere from 1-3 inches, as mentioned. we could get a little more
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than that off the coast of the carolinas, and snow to the southern portion of the appalachians. not a big storm system, it's not going to blockbuster totals or anything but certainly we will monitor, especially as we get into tomorrow because we could see severe weather. we haven't seen a tornado in a while so we'll monitor that. jon: consumer spending was up more than expected in january, incomes also roarks but not as much as economists expected. that raises concerns about future spending. jenna lee has more from the fox business network. all right, so make sense of all this for us. incomes grew less than expected, but we're spending more, jenna? >> we are, jon. we'll walk through it. what we're spending money on is of particular importance. we're spending money on nondurable goods, these are things that are not going to last like paper towels, soap, things for your house like those types of things. $41 billion in january, that's what we spent on those type of items. the rest of the money, we
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spent on service items, like going to a restaurant, for example, getting your car fixed. those are service-related expenses. so that's what we're spending our money on, we're not spending it on big durable goods like refrigerators or washing machines, things that could show that we're willing to make that investment and that we're confident about your jobs and confident on the economy. again, it looks like we're spending a lot of money on basics. you mentioned that our income was up, we did see a little rise in income, and our income has moved higher for the last six months but if we take a look at disposable in corks take-home pay away from those taxes, that's lowered, as is rur savings rate, at a 15-month low. what this is showing us is essentially any of the money that we have left over, from we're scrapeing from the bottom of the barrel, we're spending on items we really need for our homes, not on extra goods, and again, jon, it just kind of shows us there's not a lot left over and that's not necessarily the great message for this economy moving ahead into this year. jon: jenna lee, we'll check in with you in a bit,
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thanks. jane: we're working on new information on the search for the missing teenager in california, police have made an arrest in the case of chelsea king, his past history has everybody a bit worried this morning. we're going to be talking to chelsea's uncle in a few minutes about what he's doing, the family and friends are doing. the community response has been incredible. also it is 3400 years old, taller than most people. look at this head. a major archeological find in egypt. what exactly is this, and what does it mean?
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jon: take a look at this, the huge stone head of king tut's grandfather has been discovered -- has been uncovered, i shall sigh, in luxor, egypt, it's an 8-foot
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tall part of a statue of the powerful pharaoh found buried at the ruins of his mortuary temple in element uxor on the west bank of the nile. let's talk about what this means with betsy bryan, johns hopkins university, she's joining us on skype from saint thomas in the u.s. virgin islands. amenhotep, who was he? >> he was probably the richest king who ever ruled over egypt and he was the father of one of the most amazing characters that have come to us from ancient egypt, the man who changed his name to akanatom and introduced monotheism in egypt, he was a king who obviously liked the ladies, he had quite a few wives and married some of his daughters as well, and he loved art, he loved images of himself and the bigger, the better. jon: he was in power for i
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guess about 35, 36 years. compared with his grandson, king tut, he had quite a lengthy reign, right? >> he did, and he inherited an enormous empire that stretched from modern syria to modern sudan, and was completely at peace. so he was able to rest on the laurels and spend his money at ease, building monuments to himself, mostly. jon: this instrumental'ture that was just uncovered, i mean, the head itself is about 8 feet tall and it's my understanding that it was a full body statue, parts of which had already been found. is there any indication as to how it was broken apart or why? >> well, it's actually one of the mysteryies that the team that's working there under her -- there are lots of theories about why the statues and the temple itself were so badly destroyed.
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some people have thought that it was an earthquake that did it, other people have suggested that later kings actually deliberately ruined the place and chopped the statute area one -- statuary up so one of the hopes is to figure out exactly what happened there. jon: in the photo of the head that we've been showing, there's a square recess. do you know what that is? is that where another piece of the sculpture was mounted, sort of a mortar kind of thing? >> yeah, actually, you're right on the money. that was the top of a cobra snake which is one of the emblems that the king wears on his brow, and the head of the cobra must have broken off in antiquity, so they had cut a new piece to restore it. so you are right on the money. jon: it's going to be fascinating if they get this full statue assembled and sort of glued back together, which i guess is their goal, huh? >> that is their goal and of course, this is only one of
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a whole series of statues. they had -- these stood between columns in the temple and each one of them was 30 feet high. they had a total of something like 24 of these. jon: betsy brian, good to talk to you, thanks. jane: we've heard about the growing threat in yemen with al-qaeda but could they be getting more influence in another days? there are significant concerns the next atag on the west can come out of this place. we'll tell you where, and what's going on, next.
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jane we start this brand new hour with breaking news, the search is wasn't wi -- underway for a missing teenage honors student. hello, i'm jane skinner. jon: i'm jon: scott. volunteers are racing to find any sign of this girl, 17-year-old chelsea king, a straight a student who disappeared thursday while joging in a park near san diego, the search becoming more desperate after police made a disturbing arrest, taking into custody
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30-year-old convicted sex offender john albert gardener. they say they found evidence linking him to this case and possibly two others. we'll talk about chelsea's uncle in a couple of minutes. jane: here's some of the other stories we're following at this hour. in your top box, a winter wallop is packing hurricane-force winds hitting europe, france is the hardest hit after the sea walls there. millions in emergency aid is heading to the region. jon: video from the homicide bomber responsible for last year's blast, the cia base in afghanistan, he describes how he supposedly gained the agent's trust and got access to that highly secure facility. jane: on the bottom, friends and family in the chicago area are now saying goodbye to dawn brancheau, the one who was killed last week when the orca she was working with grabbed her pony tail and pulled her under water. we'll keep you updated. jon: right now a desperate search for survivors is going on in chile, rescue teams looking for anyone
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buried underneath rubble after that massive earthquake that struck on saturday. the chilean government is struggling to get relief supplies to survivors, the death toll, now over 700. many fear that that number will rise substantially. phil keating is just arriving in santiago, chile. give us the latest, phil, what are you seeing there? >> reporter: we're seeing efforts going on under big piles of rubble and happening south of santiago, the towns of concepcion and constitucion. the capitol did suffer dramatic damage on its own. this is a section of a major multi-nation, north to south, continental highway system, and you can see an entire section, link of this concrete span, just dropped 15-20 feet, smack down. unfortunately, there's a bus coming by now but it's
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moving relatively quickly. seven cars remain on top of that section of highway. upside down, on its side. you can see this purple one across the street here. so all of the highway traffic, and this is not the only section here in santiago where this particular highway has been deemed to be completely unsafe to drive upon. traffic is getting off the highway, coming on to the frontage roads as it is here at a very slow crawl, then getting back on to the highway for a short while and we've been driving around essentially for hours throughout santiago today and aside from this being the most dramatic, this there is piles of brick, rubble, concrete on virtually every stop, traffic signals are out everywhere you go, they are trying to get back to a regular monday morning but the infrastructure, even this far north of the epicenter is still taking its toll. the death toll jumped from the 300 range to above 700
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yesterday and still remains in the 700 right now, but the search does go on and that number is expected to rise. national guard was called out by the chilean president and they did keep things under control overnight, they had a curfew in effect after using water canons and tear gas to prevent unbridled looting in the markets and basically every single market of concepcion, which was heavily hit and the town of constitucion, those had looters going rampant, it was robbers taking advantage of the situation, and i will tell you, as soon as we pulled up to this scene right here, just about an hour ago, there were young people up there stripping pieces off the cars, jumping off of the concrete and taking off. we're told that the police and dem nition crews are going to come out here sometime today, because it's of utmost important to the
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chilean government to get this busy highway back open. jon: phil keating live from santiago, chile, thanks. jane: we want to get to new developments in the health care battle this morning, the white house seems ready to call for a simple majority vote in the senate on the president's plan. that would mean using a parliamentary tactic called reconciliation which you may have heard about, a move that would bypass the opposition from republicans. a bit complicated. wendell goler can make it simple for us. first, what is the time frame for this? >> reporter: we expect the president to signal as early as wednesday that the house will try and pass the senate bill, the senate will then make changes or fixes intended to make the bill acceptable to democrats in the house. the president's aides think they have the 51 votes to pass the measure in the senate but republicans are frankly not convinced the measure will pass the house, health care reform only passed the house by five votes in the fall, it's even less popular now than it was then, but wisconsin congressman paul ryan says
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don't underestimate house speaker nancy pelosi. >> they do not now have the votes from our best count. i wouldn't count her out, because she is very good at muscling votes. they were down 24 on cap and trade the night before, they passed it by eight. the speaker is very good at making deals behind closed doors and muscling votes, but right now, they don't have the votes. >> reporter: speaker pelosi says it will take courage to pass the health care reform bill. republicans are determined to make it at -- make it the main issue for democrats who vote for health care reform. tennessee senator lamar alexander says voting for health care reform now is a kamikaze mission. jane: what are republicans saying about the using of the reconciliation process? >> republicans say that reconciliation, the process of bypassing the senate's filibuster is simply not appropriate for doing something that could affect 1/6 of the u.s. economy, health care reform, and
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frankly, a west virginia senator, robert byrd, agrees with them, but the white house, other democrats, say reconciliation is not the nuclear option that republicans claim it is, they know reconciliation was used to pass the bush administration tax cuts, also welfare reform in the clinton administration, and starting over, which polls suggest a lot of americans want congress to do, is simply not in the cards according to house speaker nancy pelosi. >> we've had hundreds of hours of meetings and hearings and markups of bills, well over a hundred republican amendments are in this bill, the house and senate bill than what the president put forth. >> reporter: pelosi says the bill contains republican amendments and reforms, even if republicans don't vote for it. jane? jane: wendell at the white house, thanks. jon: unemployment benefits for millions of americans expired overnight. so will political wrangling on capitol hill hold up any
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more checks? jim angle is live in washington with more on that. jim? >> reporter: well, jon, yeah, the reason they would expire is because senator bunning of kentucky has been protesting a stop gap funding bill that would extend the unemployment benefits, but simply add the cost to the decifit. congress has just once again embraced the idea of what is called pay-go, meaning pay as you go, meaning no new spending without finding offsetting revenues or spending cuts, but then congress charges right on spending money without paying for it by making exceptions such as unemployment benefits or what is known as the doctor fix. now, that is a long standing bill that has never been allowed to take effect, it's scheduled cuts to reimburse doctors who treat medicare patients. as of today, that also goes into effect, reimbursements are cut 21 percent. congress, of course, cannot let that happen, but they also don't -- don't want to pay for it so they've used -- it used to be in the
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health care reform bills, by the way, but they took it out in the house, for instance, and added that cost, $220 billion over ten years, to the decifit. that's what senator bunning is upset about. he is block ago short term stop gap bill, not the permanent bill which is likely to be taken up, jon. jon: what happens now on that and the unemployment benefits? >> well, republicans will offer to take up that stop gap measure, the one senator bunning is blocking, and make it retroactive so unemployment benefits will be covered but republicans will propose paying for it with unspent stimulus money. they expect senate majority leader harry reid to reject that and simply move on to the regular bill which senator bunning nor anyone else can block from rrg. -- from congress. one way or another this is likely to pass this week, jon, and for those relying on unemployment benefits, congressional sources say the administration can easily shift funds around to avoid any interruption in benefits. jon. jon: jim angle in washington
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for us, thanks jim. jane jane: to the war in afghanistan where we've been watching the operation in marjah, more than 2000 marines and 1000 afghan troops will likely stay in that region for the next several months. mike emanuel at the pentagon, you inter rude a marine lieutenant colonel. what did he say about the challenges in this praise? >> he says the ongoing threat continues to be the ieds, not only at a concern of coalition forces but also concern for local afghan civilians. he says the taliban seems to recognize when they have outmatched and they are a sneaky enemy. here's more from the colonel on the taliban tactics. >> i think that the taliban has on occasion taken advantage of the rules of engagement and at times, did use the population to detract itself from difficult situation, the marines, the afghan national army forces that were
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partner with us, the soilers, did a great job at recognizing that was a possibility and used great restraint in order to save the population in every instance. >> so a big challenge in operating these populated areas, is making sure you obviously don't kill innocent afghan civilians, and he's talking a bit about the taliban using human shields as way of protecting themselves, jane. jane: mike, it has been as we've seen a major effort to try to put an afghan face on this operation. what did he have to say about how the afghan forces have been performing? >> he said he and his fellow marines have been extremely impressed by the afghan soldiers. they have been willing to get into the fight, he says they've done an excellent job and have lived up to expectations. what we've been hearing from the pentagon is the afghans are willing to get into the fight. what they are lacking is infrastructure and some of the technical intelligence expertise, but everybody that we've talked to says that the afghans have been quite engaged and interested in taking back this talibanter together, jane. jane: last question, mike, what did he say really about the nature of the operation
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at this point? >> he said that they are done with declare -- the -- with the clearing phase and now it's a matter of holding the territory to allow the afghan infrastructure to come in, the local government to get in place, to provide services to the people, to show the people that this promise of a better life of getting rid of the taliban is going to be reality, so when he talked about marines and afghan troops staying for months, the idea is giving that fledgling government a chance to get up and get operating for the people, jane. jane: mike emanuel at the pentagon, thanks. jon? jon: the transportation security administration is facing a new challenge from an old problem. one that could put airline passengers at risk. fake i.d.s in the age of international terrorism. a shock undercover report, next.
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jane: "happening now", all the public schools in a town outside new york city are shut down as police
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investigate a possible threat against the district. the superintendent says the threat came in last night very late on the facebook website. in the middle box, secretary of state hillary clinton is on a tour of latin america. she is now in uruguay, meeting with the president-elect. on the bottom, new economic numbers out, show a bigger than expected jump in personal spending. this shows incomes across the country barely budged. there are fears that weak income growth could end up depressing spending in the comes months, and that would hurt the already fragile economic recovery. jon: a recent court case in hawaii is shedding new light on tsa airport screening, apparently hundreds of illegal ailens have traveled to the island using fake i.d.s. some of them, purchased in downtown l.a.'s many fake i.d. mills. william lagen has more for us. -- la j. >> if you're a bad guy,
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you're going to be on a no flight list, if on a no fly list, you need a fake i.d. to match the name on the ticket. getting a fairks i.d. shouldn't surprise anyone but getting on the airplane with it, that is. >> downtown l.a., ground zero for counterfeit documents on the west coast. >> i need an i.d. yeah. >> visa, green card, driver's license, you can get them all. first, they take a picture. then we went to another guy to fill out paperwork : on a scrap of paper i wrote down what i wanted on my license. >> and that was it. >> how long? >> 20 minute? >> an hour later i had a counterfeit license nearly impossible to tell from the real one. getting a fake i.d. is a minor crime, but there's nothing small-time about what you can do with it. >> tsa people are looking at
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documents, they're looking quickly and frankly these documents were good. >> federal agents arrested 43 illegal workers at this farm in how's. they got off scot-free because, their attorney argued, if tsa can't spot a fake i.d. when they check the island how can a farmer be expected to catch the fraud? >> what do the tsa people have? we don't know because they don't tell us. >> the tsa would not respond to questions to us but i did speak to a former federal security official who says tsa agents armed with a black light and minimal training and their eyesight is no match for the hundreds of i.d.s, passports and visas they need every day, they need a device connected with a data base that shows the photograph, and those do exist, but they're not at our airports. jon: do they have any tools available to prevent this kind of thing? >> actually, no, they don't. and so it's a glaring
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loophole in security. now, some guys at andrews air force base, the people who make sure that the people who get on air force one do have the handheld devices where she slip your i.d., it connects to a database and shows the photograph of the individual and other databases but it's not employed at u.s. airports and many say it should be. jon: william la jeunesse, thanks. jane we're resuming the search for chelsea king, she went for a jog, she's a big runner, she was in a park near her home thursday, she hasn't been seen since. what clues have led to the arrest of a sec offender and where is chelsea? her uncle is with us next, we're hoping to talk to authorities, so keep it here.
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jon: "happening now", take a
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look at the top box, we are live on wall street where the dow is up, stocks rising in part after an encouraging report on manufacturing. middle box, crews in indonesia ending the search for survivors of a landslide on the main island of java, 33 bodies are recovered but a dozen people are still missing. in the bottom box a new challenge for blanche lincoln, arkansas lieutenant governor bill halter saying he wants the nomination for senate. jane: we're just getting word that the search has resumed near san diego for a missing 17-year-old girl named chelsea king, this all comes as investigators say they have physical evidence that ties a registered sex offenders to this case. chelsea is a straight a student, a big runner, she was out running on a trail. she hasn't been seen since she left for that trail on thursday. the guy who has been arrested is 30 years old, you see him here, john albert gardener, and now
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officers say there's a possibility that he may be tied to a couple of other cases -- cases, one involving an assault on another jogger last december and also the disappearance of a teenager, you see her picture her, amber juiox, seen nearby in escondido. own the phone is janice caldwell with the san diego sheriff's department. if you can uplate us on the latest news. >> this morning, we have resumed search efforts and are being augmented not only by our own deputy and by our professional search and rescue staff, but we have fbi agents from los angeles and san diego who have also volunteered their resources. we have their s.w.a.t. teams here, not in a tactical mission but to have more bodies on the ground searching, we have the los angeles dive team who have specialized equipment and can go into the lake and the fingers off of the lake looking for evidence, and also, we have the fbi's evidence response team,
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which will also help comb the area. >> what ties mr. gardener to this case? >> i'm not going to go into specifics on that, but evidence found in the last few days at the scene has led us to gardener. jane and what is his history? i understand in the past he had been convicted of assaulting a young person? >> that is the charge, if you go on the mega news -- megan's law website and type in his name, it will give us his photograph and what he has been charged with. jane: is he talking to investigators? >> i'm not going to say if he's talking or not. this is all part of the ongoing investigation, of course. jane: i know that you have mentioned this morning, and we've heard in earlier days, they've been searching a body of water there. is there a reason for that, did that come from a tip or some piece of information? >> incorporated within this park is lake hodges and fingerlets of water coming off of the lake and it just makes sense, of course, to go over the entire area, whether it be hillside,
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rocky terrain, or water. so we're covering the three or four square miles here, all aspects of it. jane: has gardener given an indication whether chelsea is alive, if she's not? >> i am not privy to the interview notes from the detectives with gardener, so i would not be able to comment, anyway. what i can tell you, though, is that the search and rescue efforts here are almost unprecedented. they have literally moved heaven and earth to find this little girl and reunite her with her parents. we've had helicopters in the air, we've had unmanned vehicles that fly over, we've had dive teams. we've had to force people to go home to get rest because they are -- there's one thing and one thing only on their minds and that's to find this little girl. jane: we are keeping our fingers crossed. please update us as you get more information. she's from the sheriff's office in san diego. also on the phone is chuck
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kowley, i was reading yesterday, 1500 volunteers showed up, and we're not going -- we're not talking about volunteers from law enforcement authorities, just neighbors and strangers. >> we just can't -- words can't express the deep gratitude that we have for the response to chelsea, and i think that's indicative of the kind of person that chelsea king is. the support, the prayers, the response, the reaching out, i've never seen anything like it. my opinion is unprecedented. jane: her mom was on fox and said she is every parent's dream, she's not only a straight a student, she's the kindest person you'll ever meet. what do we know about this gardener guy, who is he? >> you know, i don't know anything about him, and that's certainly in the hands of law enforcement who, again, i want to extend
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our heart felt thanks. i've never seen such a well-planned, organized, collaborative effort on the part of all agencies of law enforcement. you know, they're still out there 87, the search and rescue is continuing. and our focus and our prayers and our hope is that chelsea is returned home as soon as possible. jane: boy, ours as well. chuck, is there anything that you need from the community there that you could ask for? >> we're getting everything and more than we could ever ask for and hope for. it's just been phenomenal and we would hope that kind of effort continues, and with that support, we're going to bring her home. jane: a tipline is on the screen there. if you have any bit of information you might think would be helpful, please call, chuck mccauley is chelsea's uncle, our thoughts are with you and we hope to have good news from you and the sheriff's office soon.
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>> thank you so very much. jon: should it get passed or start over when it comes to your health care? democrats seem ready to move on and put the matter to a vote. republicans are saying not so fast, let's begin again. there will ever be a conclusion? one senator joins us next on what he thinks is going to happen, three minutes away. ♪
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stories we've been following this morning. cleanup today after the earthquake over the weekend in argentina. that was the rumble felt just hours after that mass earthquake in chile. david miller is streaming live from buenos aires. >> reporter: help is on the way, and you'll be surprised to realize who's bringing it the sake tear of -- secretary of state hillary clinton. she will soon be here in argentina, then she will arrive in santiago, and when she does, she will bring with her badly-needed communications equipment that the government has requested. meanwhile, the death toll continues to increase, and the search for survivors continues. jane? jane: a new storm across the south could bring a wintry mix to some areas. janice is in the weather center, j.d.? >> reporter: hello, happy first day of march. spring is this much closer, guys. we're watching this system bringing some snow across the central and even southern plains. not a big snow maker though.
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we could see some heavier rain across the mississippi river and even the potential for severe weather especially as we get in tomorrow across the southeast and florida. we will bring you the latest from the weather center, jane. jane: new video of the suicide bomber in afghanistan, this video has surfaced, and steve centanni knows what's in it. >> reporter: three months ago in afghanistan, appearing now in a video apparently made just before the suicide bombing. on the video, humam al-balawi points to his watch and says, this is really a detonator, and also displays what he says is plastic explosive. he says the opportunity to infiltrate the cia base was, quote, a gift from god, and he ridicules the agents who recruited him as a spy, jane. jane: thanks. jon? jon: a rebound in housing not enough to boost construction spending.
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it dropped for the third consecutive month in january. why? let's ask jenna lee, she's at the fox business desk for a little bit of an explanation. jenna: we can't forget it was january, and that means tough weather. that's going to be a folk to have, but, jon, you and i talked about this just a few weeks ago that there are 51 people competing for every one open construction job, so that kind of shows just how tough the environment is regardless of the weather. and once you add that in, you just have an even tougher time. what we're seeing right now is residential construction showing us a little glimmer of hope, so that could be those of us trying to fix up our homes, but nonresidential, that includes public works projects, things like schools being built, hospitals, office spaces as well, and that raises more questions about the stimulus money, whether or not it's getting to where it needs to be and also raises questions about local governments, state governments, are they having the funds to get out there and build
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those projects? apparently, they're not. one side note, jon, this is kind of tying in some other news from today, we're always watching expenses, are we seeing expenses go up? one of the things we're watching out of chile, is chile is the world's largest producer for copper, and copper is used in so many different parts of a building, including the pipes. so we're seeing the copper prices go up because there's questions about whether or not chile's going to be able to produce the amount of copper or that the world needs. that's just a side story, not seeing a huge jump up in prices, but we're paying attention to as we're trying to see are we seeing glimpses of that in the construction market. jon: the global economy. jen yeah. jon: all right, jenna lee, thank you. jane? jane: president obama is expected to announce plans for moving forward on health care reform this week. if it involves trying to pass what's currently on the table, he'll be doing it without republican support, so where are
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we going from here? john thune joins u now, senator, thanks for being here. >> good to be with you, jane. jane: nancy pelosi sounded pretty confident that she can have the votes for this. what are you thoughts? >> she did, and so did the white house. they're all expressing optimism they will get the votes. i think it's going to be much harder than they think. i think it's going to be as hard in the house of representatives as it is in the senate. a lot's been made of getting 51 votes in the senate, but i think the house of representatives, there are a lot of conservative democrats who voted against this last time who are now going to be asked to vote for it, and i'm not sure who would want to do that. i think the math is much more complicated, i think the american people can have a big voice and role in this in getting in contact with their member of congress or senator and letting them know what they think. jane: we've also heard people say that nancy pelosi, you can't
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count her out. even karl rove said the fear is palpable in the room when she's there. >> well, i think that's true, and i think the president will be very involved. i think you're going to see all the levers of power here in washington trying to put the screws to a lot of these wavering members of the house and the senate and a lot of muscle used to try and get them onboard with this. but, again, the american people have rejected this legislation, they've rejected the approach that's being used, and i don't know why if you're a democrat representing a state where your constituency is clearly against it that you would want to risk your political future on legislation that the american people think is the wrong prescription for the country. there are things we can do to address health care, we'd like to be engaged in this discussion, we've not been. i hope that they will back off from that, but the way that i believe we can still influence the outcome of this is if the american people get engaged and get in contact with their member of congress or senator.
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jane just want to read for our viewers what robert gibbs tweeted yesterday online, quote, if we don't act, family health care coverage will go from 13,000 per year to 24,000 by the year 2020. how do you explain to constituents that we may end up doing nothing about this on a problem that's spiraling out of control? >> i think people want something done, but they don't want this massive expansion of government, washington, d.c. creating this new entitlement program with lots of higher taxes, lots of medicare cuts. and ironically at the end of the day, jane, and this is what the american people, i think, have figured out, this is actually going to increase health care costs for a lot of americans. if you have insurance today and you're someone who's going to get insurance in the marketplace, you're going to see your insurance rates go up. there are people who will see lower insurance rates, but overall the cost of health care and insurance in this country will go up under this bill, not
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down. in fact, we would be better off in terms of the overall cost of health care if we did nothing relative to doing what the democrats want to do. there are things that can be done to bend the cost curve down. we want to be a part of that discussion, but frankly, what's being proposed will actually increase the overall cost of health care, not decrease it. jane: senator john thune, good to see you. thanks, sir. >> thanks, jane. jon: al-qaeda is growing in strength in north africa, now some are raising red flags that terrorists could use that part of the world to plot the next 9/11-style attack. a closer look at the threat next.
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@=don: matter where you walmart's $live.-day generic prescriptions... don: plus get free shipping on over 3,000 other prescriptions. don: call 1-800-2-refill for your free home delivery. save money. live better. walmart. jane: "happening now" in your top box, police and troops in chile are cracking down on looting after the deadly earthquake. dozens of people have been arrested so far for violating curfew. in the middle, lawyers for former enron ceo jeffrey skilling are asking the supreme court to throw out his conviction, that collapse cost
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thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. his attorneys are arguing he didn't get a fair trial. on the bottom, president obama decided to walk back to the white house after this morning's speech on education telling reporters he needed to walk off some cholesterol. he went to the doctor over the weekend, they said he should try to lower his. jon: and at the top of the hour, it's "america live" with megyn kelly. hey, megyn. megyn: hey there, jon. nancy pelosi said the democrats are just like the tea partiers. monica crowley has some thoughts on that. rick santorum joins us u and why pushing health care through on 51 votes instead of 60 could be up to joe biden. plus, the former bachelor contestant's sex tape scandal on kelly's court. [laughter] see you top of the hour. jon: thanks. jane: deadly weather have been affecting parts of europe and france, nearly 50 people have been killed after a powerful storm that had hurricane-force winds. some of the victims ended up drowning in their own homes, and
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rescue workers are continuing to search, but they say this death toll is probably going to rise. let's get to greg talcott in london for us. it looks like france and its near neighbors were the hard itself hit, talk about how bad this has been. >> reporter: very hard hit, jane. the storm brushed through here pretty badly, but it hit the atlantic coast of france, spain and portugal with a wallop. winds reached 130 miles an hour, the waves were as high as 30 feet, and casualties now at 62, there are many injured, several missing. the big problem, jane, in france, old seawalls, kind of like the levees in new orleans during the katrina period that just gave away. they flooded low-lying villages, a tsunami of rushing, cold atlantic sea water that caught people asleep. jane: what happens in terms of clearing up the damage? >> reporter: the french government has called it a catastrophe, the french president sarkozy has been touring the areas this morning, he pledged millions of dollars
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in emergency funds, rescue teams going from house to house. again, there are several people still thought to be missing, could be in their houses, workers trying to restore vital services. right now we are told still half a million europeans without electricity, and they're trying to get europe moving again. transportation hit hard because the storm ripped through the rest of the continent, germany, belgium, denmark, you name it. just now travel is getting back to normal. jane: greg talcott in london, thanks. jon: fears that al-qaeda is growing in north africa. u.s. counterterrorism officials say the terror network is growing and becoming more active in the sahara region. they're keeping an eye on a group known as al-qaeda in the islamic maghreb. africa's getting lots of attention after the attempted christmas day airline attack. how big a concern is this al-qaeda splinter group in northern africa? let's ask lieutenant colonel david johnson, he's a former
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army strategist, former chief of plans for the joint special operations task force arabian peninsula. also executive directer of the center for advanced studies. david, we saw what happened in afghanistan. that's where essentially 9/11 was planned, where that plot was hatched. now we are all over afghanistan occupying the taliban and any remnants of al-qaeda there. north africa, is that the safe place to go? >> not exactly. jon, the group that spawned abdulmutallab is very, very different from the group al-qaeda in the maghreb. al-qaeda in the maghreb is a successor to the salafi group for the preaching in combat primarily focused on overthrowing thal gene government, and they didn't join al-qaeda until they were really getting their butts kicked by the government in algeria. some of their best fighters were going to iraq, they had their funds frozen, and a very
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successful counteroffensive and amnesty program, in fact, one of the founders of gpsc was part of that amnesty program. so they were then driven out into the sahel region, a remote region of malley that's about the -- mali that's about the size of texas, and they have a few fighters. however, there are a couple of troubling things that mine that they're a threat to the international community. not only is there a widespread, large population of muslims who may be disaffected in north africa with easy routes to europe, but aqim has shifted its tactics from the guerrilla tactics that were to so un-- so unsuccessful in algeria to using double the amount of explosives, and primarily their threat is in propaganda. jon: sounds like this is a marriage of convenience, a merger with al-qaeda. you can't conduct these
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operations without money, where do they get it? >> well, after their funds were frozen, they've been getting most of their funding through transnational criminal activity, criminal networks. cigarette and weapons smuggling, extortion and primarily now ransoming of international hostages. criminal groups take the hostages and sell them to aqim which in turn turns that into cash to support their operations. they still have trouble internationalizing, so it's very difficult for them to get support from other regions. jon: is there a crackdown as there is in yemen, for instance? >> there is a crackdown. in fact, the u.s. strategy that we're using in afghanistan to great effect is actually working internationally, and that's international alliances, security force assistance and development. we have a trans-sahel counterterrorism partnership going on that's been successful in working with multiple
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countries to get things fixed and to track down terrorists, we also have spent about $5 million, some vehicles and some training in mali to help them hunt down these terrorists, and then finally, the u.n. has been doing a lot of work over the past two decades ever since the droughts in the '60s, so life is getting better in those regions due to the international fund for the development of the sahel. these things will eventually crowd out this group. jon: lieutenant colonel david johnson, thank you. jane: well, people are on edge in washington state right now, police there are saying the notorious barefoot bandit has struck again. take a listen. >> i think that if he gets backed into a corner because of everything that he's done, you know, if he has a weapon, i wouldn't put it past him to use it. jane: colton harris moore is the suspect in a string of burglaries from petty theft to airplanes, but is he behind the
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latest break-ins? and the government can take your property, but they still have to pay you for it. who decides exactly how much? a closer look next. i never as a woman thought i'd get a heart attack. just, out of the blue at 43. now i'm on an aspirin regimen because it helps me live the life i want to live. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. it's not a big deal to go to your doctor. it is a big deal to have a heart attack.
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jon: in washington state police are trying to figure out whether a break-in at a hardware store is the work of the suspected barefoot bandit. colton harris moore's been on the run since april 2008 when he escaped from a halfway house. he's now suspected in a crime spree that includes stealing and crashing four airplanes. he got the barefoot bandit nickname after allegedly breaking into stores without wearing any shoes. police say an alarm at the hardware store this time likely frightened off the would-be
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burglar who ran away without stealing anything. jane: now to your property rights, a landowner is locked in a heated battle with a sewer authority, and the issue is determining the fair market value of this parcel of land. shannon bream is inial alexandr, virginia, to explain what's going on here. even though this person made millions, the landowner says he got ripped off. what can you tell us about this? >> reporter: you know, you're looking at a lot behind me that doesn't look like much, but the guy who owned it for more than 40 years says he had a deal on the table with a private buyer for more than $48 million. he says the government said we're going to take it by eminent domain, they then got an appraisal for someone else and wound up paying him less than half of what he said this is worth. here's what he told us about the fictitious appraisal. >> an appraiser uses other properties, okay? and on that basis he comes to evaluation of your property, and
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he said, okay, a fictitious buyer and a fictitious seller would come to this number. well, what the hell's that when i've got real buyers out there? i mean, that's crazy stuff. >> reporter: and it's been going on for years, jane, not over yet. jane: how's the government responding? >> reporter: you know, they say they negotiated this in good faith, they've begin us a statement, this is from the alexandria sanitation authority, they told us, quote, asa obtained an independent appraisal by a professional real estate appraiser and paid the landowner the fair market value of $20,400,000 determined by the appraiser. asa has not agreed to pay more than the appraised value of the property. jane, the landowner isn't backing down, they're taking this to court in may, he says he's going to keep fighting for millions more. jane? jane: shannon bream, thanks. jon: republicans are putting pressure on attorney general
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eric holder. they say he's been too slow to respond to lawyers working on behalf of terror suspects. senator chuck grassley will join with his concerns just moments from now. are you receiving a t from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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